Teach For America - Connecticut
370 James St, Suite 404
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address 370 James St, Suite 404
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 786-5498 x
Fax 203-786-5497
E-mail erin.hellthaler@teachforamerica.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

At Teach For America – Connecticut, we are building individual and collective leadership in partnership with students, families, and communities so that, one day, all students in low-income and historically oppressed communities will grow to attain a wide-range of self-determined opportunities in life, opportunities not limited by systemic injustices but reflecting children’s fulfilled potential.

In 2006, nearly 45 Teach For America corps members began their commitment teaching in New Haven schools. Today, we have nearly 200 teachers leading classrooms in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Windham, and most recently New Britain. Joining them, more than 500 alumni live and work in Connecticut across multiple sectors; more than a third of our alumni remain in the classroom and nearly two-thirds remain in the field of education.

During the two year corps commitment, our teachers exert their leadership to drive change from within their classrooms and are supported in doing so with intensive coaching, leadership development, and robust programmatic supports. With these supports, they learn critical lessons about what is possible for children growing up in poverty, and the leadership and commitment required to bring dramatic and lasting change to our communities. Our alumni go on to enlist their leadership to enact change at all levels of the system across many sectors



 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nate Snow
Board Chair Mrs. Deborah Sawch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teacher's College, Columbia University
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

At Teach For America – Connecticut, we are building individual and collective leadership in partnership with students, families, and communities so that, one day, all students in low-income and historically oppressed communities will grow to attain a wide-range of self-determined opportunities in life, opportunities not limited by systemic injustices but reflecting children’s fulfilled potential.

In 2006, nearly 45 Teach For America corps members began their commitment teaching in New Haven schools. Today, we have nearly 200 teachers leading classrooms in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Windham, and most recently New Britain. Joining them, more than 500 alumni live and work in Connecticut across multiple sectors; more than a third of our alumni remain in the classroom and nearly two-thirds remain in the field of education.

During the two year corps commitment, our teachers exert their leadership to drive change from within their classrooms and are supported in doing so with intensive coaching, leadership development, and robust programmatic supports. With these supports, they learn critical lessons about what is possible for children growing up in poverty, and the leadership and commitment required to bring dramatic and lasting change to our communities. Our alumni go on to enlist their leadership to enact change at all levels of the system across many sectors



 

Background

Wendy Kopp proposed the idea for Teach For America in her Princeton University undergraduate thesis in 1989. In 1990, a charter corps of 500 committed recent college graduates joined Teach For America and began fueling the movement to eliminate educational inequity. Since then, nearly 33,000 participants have reached more than 3 million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. They have sustained their commitment as alumni, working within education and across all sectors to help ensure that children growing up in low-income communities get an excellent education.

Given the magnitude of the educational inequity, we have aggressively worked to grow and deepen our impact. Our corps members and alumni have helped accelerate the pace of change as teachers, principals, elected officials, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in all fields. Alongside many others, they have proven that classrooms, schools and now whole communities can transform the life trajectories of all students, regardless of background.

Impact A growing movement of leaders, now over 600 strong in Connecticut, works at every level of education, policy and other professions, to ensure that all children can receive an excellent education.
Needs
All children deserve the chance to reach their full potential, and we believe an excellent education is the most effective way to give them that chance. However, millions of children growing up in poverty lack access to a high-quality education. As a result, just 8 percent of students from low-income communities will graduate from college by the time they are 24, compared with 80 percent of students from more affluent areas. This not only limits students' life opportunities, but families, communities and our nation as a whole suffer when vast numbers of children fall behind. 
 
Your gift supports our efforts to recruit, train, support, and accelerate the leadership of our corps members and alumni in Connecticut. All gifts are tax-deductible and directly offset programmatic costs of training and supporting our corps of teachers.
 
Additionally, by sponsoring a teacher with a gift of $5,000, you will help us recruit, select, train, and support a corp member. You'll have the opportunity to connect directly with a teacher who is leading a classroom in Connecticut and experience our work firsthand.
 
CEO Statement In Connecticut, the opportunities available to students growing up in low-income communities compared to those available to their wealthier peers are vastly different. While nearly 60% of our white and affluent students in the tenth grade have the math skills and knowledge expected at their grade level, the same is true of just 20% of our students from low-income backgrounds, 20% of our Latino students, and 15% of our African American students.

The consequences of educational inequity in Connecticut are severe. We rank last among all states in terms of job growth. We have the second highest juvenile incarceration rate for Hispanic males and the third highest rate for African American males. We spend three times more on correctional facilities than we do on higher education.

While the movement towards educational equity in Connecticut can be daunting, our region is small enough—with 190,000 students growing up in low-income communities—that we can see significant change in very little time. Teach For America is part of a growing force of change-makers gaining momentum every day. We've helped overhaul teacher evaluation systems and our alternative teacher certification program. Recent legislative changes as a result of Race to the Top and emerging programs in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven have already shown promising progress for Connecticut's students.

We know that all kids can achieve at the highest levels and that Teach For America can play a major role in ensuring their success. We are determined to build on the foundation of our first six years to push our impact to the next level and to fuel a movement for change that becomes truly unstoppable.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
East Haven
New Haven
North Haven
State wide

In Connecticut, nearly 200 teachers are leading classrooms in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, New Britain, Hartford, and Windham, reaching 12,000 students. Alongside them more than 500 alumni are working in education and other sectors across the state towards a day when there is a consistency in access to excellent educational opportunities for all children in Connecticut.

Programs
Description
We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. We provide intensive training, support and career development that helps these leaders increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to provide an excellent education for our most under-served kids.
 
In order to move our corps member teachers toward becoming alumni teachers, it is critical that our corps members receive excellent training and support. Our professional development, which includes our state-approved Alternate Route to Certification, must provide them with high-quality general and content-specific pedagogy and skills in their first year and throughout their second year. Within our training structures, we also develop our educators to be Culturally Responsive Teachers—meaning they are equipped to teach in any content area through the lens of their students’ identities and communities. Our corps members are supported by Managers, Teacher Leadership Development—individuals with excellent teaching and coaching skills—who work with their teacher cohort to build reflective, data-driven teaching practices. Corps members also have access to specialized Real Time Coaches, who support those struggling with classroom management, and our two (Literacy and STEM) content experts.  
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Minorities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Connecticut was among the top five Teach For America regions - out of 48 across the country - in terms of student achievement. Our first year teachers led their students to more than one year of growth and second year teachers led their students to more than 1.5 years of learning growth. Maintaining and improving these results goals are critical because our students are often years below grade level and therefore, need to be pushed beyond the typical growth of 0.3-0.5 years that is seen in low-income classrooms to ensure that they are catching up with their more affluent peers. As a region, we are continuing to prioritize innovations in our teacher leader development to ensure that we maintain and grow the progress we see in corps members’ classrooms.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Teach For America is committed to comprehensive external evaluations of our teachers' impact. A growing body of research indicates that Teach For America corps members are at least as effective (and in many cases, more effective) than their peers who enter the teaching profession through both traditional and other alternative-certification pathways. Internally, we continue to measure progress against our short- and long-term goals to provide feedback to staff and teachers while managing and improving our program. In the coming years, we are developing a new student achievement measurement system that will provide an even better way to accurately measure student growth and thus gain a deeper understanding into the drivers of effective training and development for our teachers.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Just seven years into our tenure in Connecticut, our alumni already demonstrate positive impact on our education systems. Justin Taylor (CT ‘09 CM) won Hartford’s Teacher of the Year in May 2014 for his amazing work at Bulkeley High School where he teaches Social Studies and Law. Giana Gleeson (CT ’11 CM) took her Hartford Public High School students to the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in 2014 and is enrolled in UCAPP—UCONN’s Hartford-specific school leadership program. Other alumni are leading or being trained to lead Hartford schools. Alumni have also headed organizations such as, Our Piece of the Pie, which focuses on helping students become economically independent through education and employment. Today:
  • 510 TFA alumni live and work in CT; two-thirds remain in education 
  • 15 alumni are principals in the state, including five who lead schools in Hartford
  • 32 alumni continue to support our kids every day in CT classrooms, including 61 in Hartford
Program Comments
CEO Comments

We know that in order for every child in Connecticut to receive a world-class education we need exceptional teachers, high performing classrooms, talented and dedicated school leaders, and leadership across a system that is functioning in extraordinary ways to make decisions that are good for kids. Teach For America - Connecticut has been building a diverse movement of leaders; over the course of their two-year commitment, corps members have the opportunity to drive change from within their classrooms not only by helping their students achieve significant academic outcomes, but also by encouraging them to pursue path-changing opportunities.

It is the work of our alumni that provides evidence that we can see dramatic improvements reach scale in Connecticut. As more and more pressure is put on the public education system to improve, we are ensuring a steady pipeline of talent that is responsive to the demand for strong leadership and can implement the necessary change. We’ve seen in systems across the nation that while Teach For America teachers continue to make up a minority share of new teacher hires, alumni of the program are at the heart of change initiatives. In Connecticut, the need for leadership at every level is critical and we must continue to explore how to retain more leaders while making considerable investments in strengthening our alumni support and leadership development programs. We are committed to continuing to support our corps and alumni to become exceptional leaders in education, moving us closer to the day when all kids in Connecticut have access to an excellent education.

Without access to a great education, the futures of children growing up in poverty are more likely to be defined by their circumstances than by their potential.
 
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Nate Snow
Term Start Dec 2011
Email nate.snow@teachforamerica.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 36
Number of Part Time Staff 16
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 70%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 52 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 52
Board Chair
Mrs. Deborah Sawch
Company Affiliation Teacher's College, Columbia University
Term May 2008 to May 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Tim Bannon
Mandy Casamassima
Adrienne Cochrane
Andrea Comer
Laura Dambier
Michele Gay
Robin Golden
Rev. Keith King
Stephen Mandel
Max Medina
John Motley
Jackie Quinones-Sienkowski
Lindsay Reimers
Mimi Klein Sternlicht
Giselle Wagner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 16 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 16
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start June 01 2014
Fiscal Year End May 31 2015
Projected Revenue $6,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,900,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
TFA 9902013
TFA 9902012
TFA 9902011
IRS Letter of Exemption
TFA Tax Exempt Documentation
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,358,632$844,640$1,792,446
Government Contributions$895,277$1,096,869$1,637,980
Federal------
State$290,477$696,869$1,089,480
Local$604,800$400,000$548,500
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$2,949,319$2,572,281$3,084,812
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$5,731,000$2,829,000$4,063,000
Administration Expense$378,000$210,000$314,000
Fundraising Expense$631,000$346,000$427,000
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.921.331.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets------
Current Assets$4,186,618$3,271,717$1,851,734
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation $300,000 --The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation $300,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments Our total anticipated revenue is less than our expenses because we plan to spend down a portion of our cash reserves in order to remain at the 35% mandate instead of having an excess of reserves. This allows us to raise slightly less dollars as compared to expenses while remaining financially stable.   
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 370 James St, Suite 404
New Haven, CT 06513
Primary Phone 203 786-5498
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nate Snow
Board Chair Mrs. Deborah Sawch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teacher's College, Columbia University

 

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